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For Syrians, 8 years of war leaves stories of loss and hope

Mar. 16, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — War is personal. And in Syria, after eight years of a grinding conflict, there are as many stories of loss, dispossession and desperate hope as there are people. What started as peaceful protests in 2011 asking for government change turned into one of the cruelest modern wars and left...

Lawyer: German journalist detained in Venezuela set free

Mar. 15, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A German freelance journalist jailed in Venezuela since November on espionage charges was released Friday within weeks of two other reporters being expelled from the tumultuous South American nation, his parents and a human rights attorney confirmed. A court in the capital of...

Donors pledge $7B in aid for Syria, refugees

Mar. 14, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — International donors have pledged around $7 billion in aid for Syria and Syrian refugees who fled the conflict-ravaged country, the European Union announced Thursday, as the war enters its ninth year. But it was unclear how or when the money would be made available to those in need. EU...

Israel says it uncovered Hezbollah network on Syria frontier

Mar. 13, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Wednesday it has uncovered a militant network run by the Lebanese Hezbollah group inside Syria, along the frontier with Israel. The military said the network, which Hezbollah runs together with Iran's Revolutionary Guard, is stockpiling weapons, collecting...

Aid groups appeal for Syria funds as donors head to Brussels

Mar. 12, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Aid organizations appealed Tuesday for funds to help Syria recover from an eight-year war that has driven almost 6 million people out of the country, as donors from nearly 85 countries readied for a pledging conference in Brussels. Agencies, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks...

As IS fight nears end, violence flares on other Syrian front

Mar. 12, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — While the final battle to retake the Islamic State group's last pocket of territory rages in eastern Syria, violence is escalating in the country's northwest, pitting al-Qaida-linked militants against Syrian government forces. The alarming violence in the Idlib region threatens to unravel a...

UN probing North Korea sanctions violations in 20 countries

Mar. 11, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan. The expert panel's...

US-backed Syrian fighters resume attack on Islamic State

Mar. 10, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters resumed their offensive on the last pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Sunday, lighting the skies over the besieged village as artillery shelling and heavy gunfire rang out in the distance. Warplanes and drones circled over the...

The Latest: US-backed Syrian fighters to resume attack on IS

Mar. 10, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A spokesman for the U.S.-backed force fighting the Islamic State group says a deadline for the extremists to surrender has ended and the Kurdish-led force will resume its attack on the last area held by the...

China calls US-North Korea summit an 'important step'

Mar. 8, 2019 2:25 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S.-North Korea summit in Vietnam last week was an "important step" toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, China's foreign minister said Friday, despite criticism that the meeting ended early without leading to an agreement. The Hanoi talks between President Donald Trump and...